The Chase star Mark Labbett has apologised after a recent defeat saw him storm off the show, with the quizzer saying he was struggling with his mental health.
Chaser Mark, who’s known as The Beast on the quiz show, lost out to a team of contestants who took home a jackpot of £21,000
However, viewers were shocked when he said: ‘Well played guys, you deserve it – I’m off,’ before storming off the set and punching the wall on the way out.
A stunned Bradley Walsh said: ‘I apologise to all the kids watching. That’s not how you should take defeat. You should take it magnanimously and humbly.’
Tweeting after the episode aired, Mark, 56, said: ‘Apologies to those of you disappointed with my behaviour tonight.
‘My mental health was shot before that game, it was storm off or break down in tears. A remorseless diet of quality opponents didn’t help #thechase.’
He was supported by fellow Chaser Paul Sinha, as well as fans of the show.
Paul, who’s also known as The Sinnerman on the quiz series, said: ‘You should never have to apologise for the crime of “being human”. I’d have been nowhere on those questions,’ with Mark responding: ‘Thanks bud.’
One fan said: ‘You do not need to apologise for being a human and experiencing emotions. For my entire 24 years of life, that’s all I’ve done – and it doesn’t make it any better, it just makes you feel more guilty. Thank you for acknowledging it, but don’t apologise.’
Another added: ‘Mental health is the hardest thing for any individual to control. You were a superb teacher and are a great quizzer and tv personality. We all have bad days chin up mate. You will get through it and come out stronger.’
One more told him: ‘Tbh you were kind and courteous to the team and their success then reacted angrily with yourself and that’s fine. It’s when the chaser is rude or short with the team that annoys me but you didn’t do that.’
Meanwhile, other viewers pointed out that the exit simply added to the drama of the episode.
Mark recently came under fire on the show for a comment he made about Carol Vorderman – although the former Countdown star promised they were ‘just having a laugh’.
During the celebrity episode, he tweeted: ‘I don’t know what is more impressive about @carolvorders, her intellect or her more tangible assets #superstar #BeatTheChasers.’
Responding to his comment the following morning, Carol, 61, wrote ‘…you beast you’ alongside a crazy-eyed emoji.
But moments after his original post, Mark apologised.
‘So sorry @carolvorders #BeatTheChasers,’ he penned.
‘I forgive you, my Beast bud….but don’t do it again,’ Carol replied with a crying laughing face emoji.
Carol then further reassured fans that she and Mark are good pals.
Posting a link to a story on the matter, she said on Twitter: ‘Well the Beast and I are having a bit of a laugh over this as he is a good buddy of mine. We always take the mick out of each other.’
Credit: Original article published here.